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Robert James Gowanlock

Submitted by: James Green {grandson}

Robert James GowanlockRobert James Gowanlock served in World War 1 with the the United States Army . The dates of service are: Known July 1917- June 1919.

 

Bob Gowanlock was my grandfather. He was part of the 90th Division, 359th infantry. Comprised of draftees of Texas and Oklahoma, they were known as the "Tough 'Ombres".

He fought in both St. Mihiel in September 1918 and in Meuse Argonne offensive in September and October 1918.

He was gassed at St. Mihiel and dealt with its deleterious effects for the rest of his life.

He had nightmares for decades after his service. He lost many men in his company.

My Granddaddy lived until 1975 so I had the opportunity to know him. He never would speak of the war, except he told his children that the rats in the trenches were the size of cats.

He tried in vain for decades to try to get disability due to his poor health caused by the gassing at St. Mihiel. He was denied every time he tried.

His two sons fought in World War II.

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